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55.  Billy Pierce
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 2, 1927 in Detroit, MI USA
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: June 01, 1945
  • Final Game: October 03, 1964
  • TSN All-Star - 1956
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1956
  • TSN All-Star - 1957
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1957
  • Cy Young - 1962
  • MVP - 1952
  • MVP - 1953
  • MVP - 1955
  • MVP - 1956
  • MVP - 1957
 
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Regardless of the era, it is an impressive feat to be a key member of Chicago's rotation for a decade.  The Chicago White Sox may not have won a World Series in the ’50s, but they were a good team and much of the success they did have, was through a big part of the pitching of Billy Pierce.

Through the decade of the ’50s, few were more dependable on the mound than Billy Pierce.  The southpaw won 154 games that decade and was constantly pit against aces of other staffs.  Pierce was occasionally the victim of poor run support from his own team, but was still very much a winner.  He had a wide assortment of pitches and an excellent fastball that shockingly came from his thin frame.

As a great pitcher for Chicago, he was part of a team that was very good, but could only win the pennant once.  Pierce himself was also very good, but he played at the same with other good pitchers and the Sporting News Awards was all he was able to win.  Pierce has been largely forgotten even in Chicago.  He deserves a lot better than that.

Should Billy Pierce be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 71.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Thursday, 01 January 1970
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Rings (1) (Detroit Tigers, 1945)
    The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year (2) (AL) (1956 & 1957)
    All-Star (7) (1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 & 1961)
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (2) (AL) (1953 & 1955)
    Lowest Earned Run Average (1) (AL) (1955)
    Most Wins (1) (AL) (1957)
    Lowest WHIP (1) (AL) (1955)
    Lowest H/9 (1) (AL) (1953)
    Highest SO/9 (2) (AL) (1953 & 1954)
    Most Strikeouts (1) (AL) (1953)
    Most Complete Games (3) (AL) (1956, 1957 & 1958)
    Highest SO/BB (1) (AL) (1955)
    HIghest ERA+ (1) (AL) (1955)
    Lowest FIP (1) (AL) (1955)
    Highest Win Probability Added (2) (AL) (1951 & 1953)
    Highest Championship Win Probability Added (3) (AL) (1953, 1957 & 1962)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1953, 10th) & (AL: 1956, 5th)
    Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
    (ML: 1962, 3rd)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
    6   Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    6   Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (Games Started)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (Championshp Win Probability Added)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 7.   Championship Win Probability Added: 83.3
    27. Win Probability Added: 34.2
    54. Shutouts: 38
    86. Strikeouts: 1,999
    88. bWAR for Pitchers: 53.1
    92. Innings Pitched: 3,306.7
    96. Wins: 211
    97. Games Started: 432
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1970: 1.7
    1971: 1.9
    1972: 1.0
    1973: 1.1
    1974: 1.1
  • Should be Inducted As A: Chicago White Sox

Should Billy Pierce be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 71.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2%

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